Organic food at the London Olympics

From Katrina Heron, on Civil Eats:

“…The new rules of the Games dictate that much of the food served—including but not limited to fruits, vegetables, milk, cheeses, and meats—will be sourced in the U.K.; animal products will meet or exceed a “Red Tractor” benchmark (an independent food seal of approval launched by Prime Minister Tony Blair in 2000); fish will be demonstrably sustainable; cage-free hens will provide the eggs; milk and chicken will be organic; and drinking water will be free.

“Local and regional foods are a big part of the plan,” says Boycott, and indeed the Olympian PR wires have been buzzing with tales of Welsh lamb, Leicestershire Stilton pie, Perthshire (Scotland) charcuterie, Isle of Wight tomatoes, and sourdough bread from the London borough of Tower Hamlets, baked in a brick oven lined with peat from the nearby Thames. (It is also duly noted that the U.K.’s cultural diversity will be showcased in a wide range of other cuisines, and particular dietary needs—such as vegan and gluten-free—will be met.)

From their earliest discussions with food providers, the planners aimed high, envisioning a “greenest Games yet” (with a zero-waste-to-landfill scheme) whose legacy would be the ultimate transformation of the U.K. food system from increasingly processed and prepackaged to fresh and more local fare…..”

Read more on Civil Eats.



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7 responses to “Organic food at the London Olympics

  1. thebovine

    Historically, the British have not been noted for their cuisine, but maybe they’re turning over a new leaf.

    • nedlud

      @the bovine:

      Aww, c’mon… know better than this. The ‘Olympics’ are a vast propaganda spectacle put on by the globalist elites. It is essentially a kind of ‘porn’, to put it bluntly.

      I used to like playing sports and am fairly athletic and also used to enjoy watching some sports on tv ( I still listen to ballgames on the radio sometimes, as I fall asleep), but I have absolutely zero interest in (support for) the Olympic games.

      Pure propaganda. Many articles on this (the globalist propaganda spectacle theme) at various alternative websites.

      • thebovine

        It’s not that we’re big on the Olympics, just that it’s interesting that even there, in what’s as mainstream as all getout, there’s — maybe for the first time — an acknowledgement that organic food is clearly the better choice. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think that’s new in the world.

      • nedlud

        Aww, c’,mon…pt. 2:

        Well yeah, once ‘organic’ gets the correct vouchers (ie., is firmly under mainstream control and management) then of course it is okay to acknowledge.

        Part of the illusion of ‘choice’.

        You really have to be careful when you try to find something positive in the world, the Bovine, it is much closer to the present reality to be a total cynic.


  2. thebovine

    More food learnings from the Olympics (from CBC news):

    “Fearing tainted meat, China’s women’s volleyball team has stuck to a strict vegetarian diet for the last three weeks — which the team’s coach is now blaming for his athletes’ abysmal performance.

    The Chinese team lost four of five matches at a world tournament that ended Sunday in Ningbo, China, falling to the United States, Brazil, Turkey and Thailand.

    While Brazil and the U.S. are powerhouses in women’s volleyball, Turkey and Thailand didn’t even qualify for the 2008 Olympics, where China won bronze.

    “They have showed significant decline in their strength and fitness,” coach Yu Juemin said of his squad after Sunday’s defeat to the Americans.

    “We are wary of meat tainted by lean-meat powder, and we didn’t eat any during the game period,” Yu told the Shanghai Daily newspaper.

    Athletes warned

    All Chinese athletes have been warned by the country’s Sports Ministry to avoid meat contaminated with the powder, also known as clenbuterol, because it’s banned by the International Olympic Committee as a performance-enhancing substance.

    China bans the use of clenbuterol in livestock because of the chemical’s noxious long-term effects on human health, but many pork farmers still administer it because it produces leaner meat. The World Anti-Doping Agency issued a warning last year about clenbuterol-tainted meat in China as well as Mexico, where it is also rampant….”

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